This week The United Nations racism watchdog panel made a surprising and timely statement to the U.S. (yes that would be "us") urging us to address our national policy on the use of excessive force in direct correlation to the brutal killing of 18 yr. old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern, and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Mr. Amir, an expert from Algeria. “This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”Its a stunning development as the U.S. now has the tables turned pointing in our direction regarding basic humanitarian rights and the rights of civil discourse and protest in our country. No longer are we able to wag our 'big brother" fingers at other nations and lecture them on their egregious humanitarian practices.
The U.N. panel did not stop there:
"In its conclusions issued Friday, the U.N. panel said "Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense".This surmises that even the heinous death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami by the now 'infamous' George Zimmerman, was deeply embedded in their scrutiny of our "Stand and Shoot the Blacks...just because" policies of treating a particular population of American Citizens.
We are on the hot seat. There is no longer the status-quo of "acceptable police brutality' that will go unchallenged. Our country's militarized police force must now prove to its citizens that they are here to protect and serve and not out to fill the "Get The Blacks Today" quota they have surreptitiously enjoyed for decades.
The overhaul, if it should come, will cut deep, not only into standard police protocols, but deep into the internal and long-held racist belief systems of many in our police force.
Are we ready?